By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- For the second game in a row, the Red Sox had to stitch together a game using five different pitchers. This time, the end result was much better though the circumstances were no less worrisome.
Jon Lester left the game after four no-hit innings because of a strained left lat, but three relievers combined for four shutout innings and Jonathan Papelbon survived a shaky ninth as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2.
The Sox had leaned on their bullpen for 6 23 innings Monday when John Lackey was shelled for seven runs.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second a run-scoring double by Jason Varitek and an RBI single from J.D. Drew. Dustin Pedroia added a solo homer in the third.
Matt Albers (two innings), Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard and Papelbon finished up for Lester, who had been bidding for his 11th win.
Papelbon made it interesting in the final frame. He gave up Jose Bautista's major league leading 28th home run, a two-run blast, then allowed the game-tying and game-winning runs to get on base. John McDonald followed with a single to left field, but Darnell McDonald fielded the ball on a hop and threw out Edwin Encarnacion at home to end the game.
The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Red Sox, who are 7-4 versus Toronto this season.